In every struggle where ideals must be defended

Someone stands up to take the standard in his hand

And when he rises, songs and sighs uplift the hearts of those in need

And others follow, find the beat and join the band.

CHORUS  You are the leader.

  You are the hero.

  You are the one who gives us hope when hope is gone.

  You hold the banner.

  You tell the story.

  You find the courage and the will to carry on.

The things that matter most in life we learn by watching,

By walking side by side with one who knows the road;

And when we stumble, only hands and hearts can hold us.

Another, stronger, lifts us up and shares the load.

CHORUS  You are the leader.

  You are the hero.

  You are the one who gives us hope when hope is gone.

  You hold the banner.

  You tell the story.

  You find the courage and the will to carry on.

And when the disenfranchised seek for simple justice,

Someone listens, understands, and heeds the call.

He finds the place, the time, the words, to tell the truth and make it known,

And echoes resonate till justice is their own.

CHORUS  You are the leader.

  You are the hero.

  You are the one who gives us hope when hope is gone.

  You hold the banner.

  You tell the story.

  You find the courage and the will to carry on.

NOTE: Editor's Note: This song was written by Patricia Williams in honor of Stanley Herr, past president of AAMR and a frequent contributor to the Journal throughout the years. The song was sung at a get well party to honor and support Stan that was organized by Sister Katherine Jennings and attended by over 50 AAMR leaders at the 125th Annual Meeting on May 30, 2001—S.J.T.